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makeover or a money making scheme? tonight we ask if a bay area plan to ease rainstorm runoff really a city's cover to rake next stra cash. >> and teaming up to catch some crooks. the new bay area tactic to bust the bad guys. >> also, how shopping malls are coming up with some creative new ways to combat the competition from online retailers. [s[man] no one told her,right?a. [son]hi! [mom screams] sunset neighborhood - buried under a layer of concrete. but as allen martin sh >>> it's a complaint that goes back several years. san francisco's sunset neighborhood buried under a layer of concrete. but as allen martin shows us, the city thinks it has a new solution >> it might be. the city tried issuing fines people happily paid them so now a new strategy. offer homeowners over $1,000 worth of yardwork for just a few hundred dollars. >> reporter: in a city famed for its landscape of soft green hills, the sunset district is, well, just a little bit harder. >> there's definitely a lot of concrete. you don't see a lot of gardens. >> reporter: of course, there are some exceptions. >> it's a small pi
. >> it's like a dream. >> reporter: this is the top u.s. city for home sellers, good schools, low crime, and buyer competition are the reasons. in freemont the averaghome is on the market for 3 weeks. if you put it on the market today, it could be sold by christmas. the homes sell so fast, inventory is not keeping up. >> usually you see 300 to 400 houses for sale. right now we are down to 70 houses. >> reporter: buyers need to make up their minds quickly and be willing to pay up. those who went through it recently said they are staying put. >> i don't want to go through that again. >> it's no surprise there were other bay area cities on the list, san francisco, san jose numbers 2 and 3 for home sellers. >>> muni is doing away with mixed messages. san francisco mta is dropping all promotional messages on its buses. allen martin spoke to transit officials today. a lot of people like the messages showing team and city pride. why the change? >> reporter: enough people didn't like them, liz. a spokesperson says the agency got a number of complaints from the people who find the signs distract
that are expected to pour into the city. transforming the entire skyline. and this is ground zero first in mission street san francisco. home of the future transbay tower which could be the tallest building on the west coast. >> it's coming whether we prepare for it or not. and so we need to prepare for it. >> reporter: are we prepared for it? >> no. we're not prepared for it. >> reporter: signs of the strain are already on the rise with rocketing rents causing more and more evictions. >> the city an economy are blooming for people with access to greater education, more experience in high-tech industry, and not necessarily people who are in our neighborhoods. >> reporter: gabriel metcalf of the san francisco planning and research association understands the apprehension. >> people are really afraid especially renters like me if you lose your apartment, you have to move out of the city most likely. >> reporter: speaking of moving, a just released mayoral task force report estimates the city will need to spend $10 billion on roadways and transportation just to keep pace with the gr
. that the city can be safe. >> reporter: she was murky when she asked how to plan to deliver on the police promise. >> i will be rolling out a campaign platform in the new year. >> reporter: skyrocketing crime is only one problem. >> it's about her. she doesn't connect with people and their problems and is in denial that oakland has problems. >> reporter: quan had no comment about her or the other challengers. she did however say i have not yet announced my re-election plans and i'm focused on my priorities as mayor. >> oakland is looking for competent strong leadership. i'm very excited about campaigning. >> reporter: it going to be an interesting year. the question is, of course, how many other people will jump in this race? oakland is still a prize the city new states and somebody else could join us. >> oakland uses rank choice voting. how do you think that's going to come into play? >> reporter: that's the big question. san francisco uses it, too. it gives voters a choice of three candidates out of the gate and then you stack up. those votes tran fer to the other two: quan got in by s
think. >> reporter: a major strategy he pushed was breaking down the city into five districts, with police commanders tasked with building relationships and being responsible for the crimes in their communities. the mayor believes the strategy has worked to reduce the violence. >> reporter: in fact the mayor credits his ideas as well as other changes in the police department for the 25% drop in the homicide rate this year. so far this year, there have been 85 homicides. at the same time last year, the number was 112. >> reporter: some who live and work in oakland are not so sure. >> it doesn't feel any safer or better. >> i'm not totally in love with the idea of bringing in outside consultants. >> reporter: the tomorrower san francisco police chief and now director of usf criminal justice leadership thinks oakland's police chief could have done the job without braton, but he credits him with oakland using his system of tracking crime. >> he's a brilliant guy, and i think a lot of people look at his brain child as a technology program that has brought the police strategy into t
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